Child Sexual Exploitation
What is Child Sexual Exploitation?
Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) is a type of sexual abuse. When a child is exploited they’re given items such as gifts or drugs, money, status and affection, in exchange for performing sexual activities.
Children are often tricked into believing they’re in a loving and consensual relationship, this recognised as grooming. They must trust their abuser and not understand that they’re being abused.
Types of Child Sexual Exploitation
CSE happens in person and online. An abuser may gain a child’s trust or may look to control them through violence or blackmail before moving onto sexually abusing them. This can happen in a short period of time.
When a child is sexually exploited online they may be persuaded or forced to:
- send or post sexually explicit images of themselves
- film or stream sexual activities
- have sexual conversations
The short film below, highlights how online grooming can take place:
Spotting the Signs of CSE
NYSCP has put together a short animated video to explain what the signs of CSE can look like and what you should do if you spot them:
Seen & Heard have produced a powerful short 20 minute feature film for health care professionals (but professionals from other settings can still relate) on the importance of spotting the signs of sexual abuse and the conversations as a first responder you can have with a child to support them and stop the abuse. Click below to view Tyler’s story:
Child Exploitation – Would you know the signs?
Parents are often the first to notice that their child is being exploited. It is so important to act quickly and intervene early if you suspect your child is being exploited.
Listen to some parents whose children have been exploited talk about the changes they noticed in their child.
The Night Time Economy & Hotel Industry
Barnardo’s animated film shows how frontline workers in the night time economy can play and important role in helping keep young people safe from sexual exploitation. The night time economy can provide a network of eyes and ears within the community after dark:
Do you see me? Is a short film to raise awareness within the hotel industry about CSE and trafficking. It shows how staff employed in the hotel industry how to recognise the signs and what to do if they suspect children are being exploited and trafficked on their premises:
Where to go for further information and support?
There are a range of local and national support services who can provide further information and support, some are listed below.
However, should you have an immediate safeguarding concern about a child in North Yorkshire go to the NYSCP Worried About a Child page for advice on the steps you need to take.
Toolkits to support practice
The Home Office have produced a toolkit to support frontline staff working to safeguard children and young people under the age of 18 from sexual and criminal exploitation. This includes, but is not exclusive to law enforcement, social care, housing education, the voluntary sector and related partner organisations. To download a copy of the toolkit click below.
Home Office Child Exploitation Disruption Toolkit:
Local Support Services
The Children’s Society Hand in Hand Project is running in North Yorkshire for young people who are experiencing or are at risk of sexual and/or criminal exploitation.
Dedicated specialist workers provide direct support to enable young people to recognise themselves as victims, increase resilience and make informed choices to lower the risk and/or stop the risk of exploitation increasing.
For more information about the Hand in Hand Project click onto their website here.
Parents Against Child Exploitation (PACE) helps parents and carers across the UK, including in North Yorkshire, understand what is happening to their child and how parents are the people who are best to help their child exit exploitative relationships. PACE do this by offering:
– One-to-one telephone advice and support to parents
– Facilitating meetings with similarly-affected parents for peer support
– Advising how to establish rights as parents and work in partnership with statutory service such as police and social workers
– Advice and support when pursuing disruption and prosecution of the perpetrators of child exploitation
– Befriending scheme
To download a PACE referral form, please see the link at the bottom of this page.
For more information on PACE visit their website here.
National Support Services
NSPCC provides support nationally on the prevention of child abuse, including a wide range of resources on CSE. Visit the NSPCC website here to view the work they are carrying out on CSE.
Think U Know from CEOP, supports professional to deliver education and raise awareness of online child abuse and exploitation. To view the Think U Know Resource Library click here.
The NWG, is an exploitation response charitable unit who disseminate information to services working on the issue of child exploitation and trafficking within the UK. They offer support and advice, provide updates, training and share national developments.
Visit the NWG’s website here.
NYSCP has produced a podcast series on Engaging with Children and Families affected by Child Exploitation.
Each episode we sit down with a frontline professional in North Yorkshire to discuss the challenges and approaches they use to support children and families affected by child exploitation.